The Strange Life Cycle of the Maleo Bird

The Maleo is not like other birds. It lays its eggs in the warm sand of Sulawesi island in Indonesia and then takes off -never to return until its lays more eggs. The eggs hatch, and the emerging birds are on their own. Their survival depends on the skills they are born with, which includes flying! But these birds are endangered because of geographic isolation and the fact that people dig up the eggs to eat. Read all about the Maleo at Ark in Space. Link -via the Presurfer

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We had these in the zoo (WCS Wildlife Survival Center) where I worked as an intern. We were able to hatch the first captive chick (2001). Very interesting birds.
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